Tour update

Regarding my European tour which is just around the corner, I now have a better idea where I’ll be going and when.  I’ll be posting more info as the confirmations roll in, but here’s what I’m allowed to announce right now:

- Wed Oct 23 – Valencia, Spain @ Valencia University
– Fri Nov 1 – Granada, Spain
– Mon Nov 4 – Rome, Italy
– Thu Nov 7 – Bologna, Italy
– Sat Nov 9 – Teramo, Italy
– Tue Nov 12 – Oslo, Norway @ Cafe Mono (screw the nonbelievers!)

Check back soon for more dates, venues and show details.  All this info will also get posted on my shows page as soon as I get off my ass and update the thing.

Megan Reilly – Arc of Tessa

Megan Reilly Arc of TessaI’m listening to a CD of recordings that Megan Reilly sent me.  I played with her once in 1999 (I think?) opening for the Grifters in Memphis.  That’s where she’s from, but she lives in New York now.  SHE IS SO FUCKING GOOD.  She can really wail… she has a bit of that Cat Power thing goin’ on, where the voice is mostly whispery and pretty, but then erupts into gigantic howls for the crescendos, sometimes threatening to go off the rails, kinda like the way Conor from Bright Eyes sings.  Megan’s music is very country- and bluesy-flavored though, not emo or whatever you call it.  I would imagine she’s doing shows around NYC right about now, so please go see her if you spot her name somewhere.  She says she’s trying to shop these recordings to some labels… hope somebody bites on that real soon, ‘cuz we ain’t gettin’ any younger.

If you’d like to read more, here’s an old article about her from the Memphis Flyer.  I couldn’t find much else.

Autograph my ass

Okay, here’s the e-mail I got from the musician I told you about before, reprinted here by his kind permission. If you’re also a musician or entertainer who’s gotten the same type of e-mail, I would really like to know, so please post a comment!!

I saw your most recent posting on your website about the solicitation you got for an autograph. While I realize that it’s a stretch to describe you as a world-famous celebrity, I am in a band that is scraping the absolute lowest recesses of the fame ladder, and both me and my drummer received a similar thing. Apparently it’s a scam whose purpose is basically to get a copy of your signature for use in a variety of nefarious purposes.
Just letting you know,
Dan Bukszpan
SLOW HORSE
http://www.slowhorse.com/

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Gadget of the week

I just treated myself to a new thingy at Radio Shack.  It’s an iRock wireless music adaptor.  A dongle that plugs into any 1/8" headphone jack and transmits audio to a nearby FM receiver.  You can choose between 4 FM channels, and it’s powered by two triple-A batteries.  I have it hooked up right now to my iBook, playing tunes through the stereo about 10 feet away.  I can hear a low static between songs, but it isn’t much worse than AM radio, and I guess this is actually in stereo.  Probably it’ll sound even better if I hook it into the iPod and play it through the car stereo.  Pretty sweet gadget for only thirty bucks!!  I have iTunes running, playing an MP3 that’s sitting on the PC in the other room.  I’m reaching that via the AirPort base station, and then getting it to the stereo via the iRock dongle.  I am VERY pleased with myself here.  :-) I’m totally convinced this will be the one gadget that transforms my life so completely that I will never require any more new technology.  Just kidding!


Mystery Song 009

…is posted.  Last week’s mystery song was "The Astro-Mice (No Cheese On The Moon)" by Miss L.L. Louise Lewis.  Ripped it off an old 45.  I think I remember reading somewhere that she ended up getting sued by Ross Bagdasarian for ripping off the Chipmunks.  EVEN though mice and chipmunks are entirely different creatures as we all know!

I’m installing the stuff on the Apple Developer Tools CD.  I’m not saying I’m going to be BUILDING anything, I’m just saying I’m installing it, okay?  Move along now.  Nothing to see here.

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The autograph thing

A fellow musician just wrote to me telling me that the same thing happened to him, and it is indeed a scam.  I’m gonna make him post something here to tell y’all his story real quick, or else sweet-talk him into letting me re-post the explanation he sent me.  Now I’m all intrigued, and my anti-spam hairs are tingling.  A quick search of Google turned this up, on somebody else’s blog.  Obviously unrelated to the e-mails I got, but still, it does seem to be a big racket.  What should I do with those Swedish addresses?  Try to give them to some Swedish authorities?  Post them here on my website?  Send them a little gift that came from my ass?  I just can’t decide.  (evil grin)


Edith Who?

I keep getting these weird e-mails from people who want me to send them my autograph.  It’s not something I do ordinarily, ‘cuz I’m not in the business of sending people mail on my own nickel, but that’s not the weird part.  The weird part is that I don’t even think these people have any idea who the hell I am!!  The e-mails are always worded almost exactly the same, and they NEVER mention anything about music or anything that might refer to me personally, other than using my first name to open the e-mail.

I got one today that reads as follows:

    Hellow edith my name is Jani com from sweden
    iwish to have your autograph send to my address
    (…address…)
    send your autograph to me good bye.

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Another Monday

Got iSync working after deleting and reinstalling it.  For some reason I was under the impression that it was supposed to run my .Mac backup along with the rest of its operations, but no, all it can do for me is sync the iPod.  Well, it saves me a few clicks I guess.

Ran some errands today.  Went to the post office to get the forms and info I need to get my passport updated.  It still has my old married name on it, but my legal name is my maiden name again (Frost) and has been for awhile; I just never got around to changing the passport.  Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of my divorce, whoo-hoo!!  Of course that’s on top of the 2-1/2 years it took to get the guy to sign the fucking papers, but anyway… I can sense my sister Lucie-the-lawyer reading this and saying, "Edith… shut up now…!!"

John and I were blogging at the same time, isn’t that hilarious?  I have to go read what he said now.  :-)

iSync not

The new iSync beta isn’t working for me.  It keeps wanting to duplicate my calendar and address book entries.  I’ve tried deleting all my prefs, clearing out the iPod, etc. etc. but it keeps wanting to multiply itself.  Now I’m reinstalling the software and starting from scratch.  Sheeze… I love technology, but only when it doesn’t waste my time like this.

I’ve been doing some major wrangling on my Movable Type database also.  I can’t figure out why it’s taking so long to post comments!  And I keep getting weird glitches, i.e. a page showing up in gobbledeygook one minute, and looking fine on the next reload.  I’m investigating this via a process of subtraction, taking out features, going back to default templates, removing template modules, and reducing the number of categories, all in the hopes of speeding things up around here.  I even rebuilt the MySQL database, thinking it might have gotten corrupted, and still no joy.  If this is just a server problem, then it’s not Movable Type’s fault and I’ll be screwed even with the simplest of databases.  Sure wish they’d release their 2.5 version; there are a lot of bug-fixes in there that I could really use right about now.


Blog adjustments

I have so many auto-generated gadgets on my weblog, it’s starting to adversely affect its performance.  It’s running WAY too slow whenever you do anything like add a post, add a comment, or edit anything.  So please stand by while I make a few more tweaks to the code.  I’m going to be rebuilding some things; I’ll try not to screw it up.

Bob and David, and longing for updates

The Mr. Show show was a lot of fun, it was awesome to see them in person.  Eat your heart out Scott Hartley!!  Heheh.  I accidentally brought my camera with me — I swear, it was just in my bag because it’s always in my bag; I wasn’t planning on taking pictures at the show.  They searched me when we came in, saw the camera and promptly confiscated the batteries.  I got them back after the show, but the whole process took awhile, and I felt bad for John ‘cuz I’d caused that delay.  It was such a clusterfuck in there, we just got the batteries and bolted out the door.  Didn’t even hang out long enough to see the merch table, which is something I now deeply regret.


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Mr. Show Live

Mr. Show Live: Hooray for America at the Congress Theater in Chicago, IL


Mr Show, Micro Center

John got us tickets to see Bob & David at the Congress tomorrow night (= tonight).  I’m so excited, I can’t wait!!!

We went to Micro Center today (= yesterday) — John needed to get a spindle of CDs, and I just wanted to look at stuff.  But I broke down and got something: Photoshop Elements 2.0.  For the past few months I’ve been wanting to get some kind of imaging software.  I’d always used Photoshop LE (which my dad gave me) but needed something new that would run on OS X.  I was trying to decide between Adobe Elements and Macromedia Fireworks, and settled on Elements for a lot of reasons.  It’s cheaper, and I get a $30 rebate because I have LE.  I can install it on BOTH the PC and the Mac; I’m not sure if that’s strictly legal but both versions are there on the CD, which isn’t the case with any Macromedia product.

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Dusted top-10 thingy

I’ve been featured this week along with fellow Chicago wiseass Fred Armisen in Dusted Magazine. They wanted some sort of music-related list, so I gathered a list of my favorite songs about clothing.  Believe it or not Fred took the idea much more seriously than I did — who’s the comedian here anyway?!?

Preparations with Ryan

Ryan Hembrey came over today (= yesterday) for a last-minute rehearsal, and to help me get the setlist tightened up for the tour in Europe next month.  It went well though we’re both pretty nervous about doing this.  He’s leaving tomorrow (= today) to start touring over there with our buddy Chris Mills.  So I won’t even see him until I meet him… where?  We don’t really know yet.  Barcelona or somewhere down over by dare.  I called Mike Hoff while Ryan was here to try to dig for more info, but there wasn’t much new to tell.  Except that Mike got MARRIED over the weekend and I had no idea about this, last week when I was bugging him like crazy on the phone!!  I surely would’ve given him a little more slack if I’d known.


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